Handsome and Brave Heroes of the Suikoden - In 1866, Yoshitoshi began work on a fantastic 50 print series called the "Handsome and Brave Heroes of the Suikoden" (Biyu Suikoden). Instead of depicting the traditional characters from the novel "Suikoden," Yoshitoshi chose to use his own set of heroes from Japanese history and legend for this series. He also incorporated spirits and monsters, resulting in a very unusual and creative twist on the classic Suikoden theme. These bold and lively images feature beautifully colored and detailed figures in striking poses, many with supernatural or magical creatures. Some feature deluxe embellishments such as embossing or burnishing. These early chuban designs by Yoshitoshi are a great choice for a collector interested in this legendary tale.
Shindo Kojiro Nobuyuki with a Monkey - Fantastic image of the robber Shindo Kojiro Nobuyuki in a cave with a monkey kneeling at his feet, holding an offering tray with a meal on it. The monkey embodies the spirit of the murdered Shinohaza, and he pleads with Nobuyuki to avenge his death at the hands of Inaba Taro. The young samurai looks down at the animal with a defiant frown as he pushes up his sleeve. Rivulets of water stream down the dark background, the rocky structure of the cave sweeping around and enveloping the figures. A terrific subject from this early Yoshitoshi series, handsomely composed and detailed with a subtle burnished pattern on the black kimono.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 9 1/4" x 6 5/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight thinning, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.
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